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Mexico celebrates DACA, construction halt of border wall

Mexico City, Mexico — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has celebrated several of the new decrees signed by US President Joe Biden, one of which being the halt of the US-Mexico border wall.

“The relationship with the new United States government is very good,” he said adding “we coincide with the agenda, what is being proposed by President Joe Biden.”

AMLO highlighted the first presidential decrees signed by his counterpart, including the cancellation of the construction of the border wall, which will mark the difference between his administration and others before him.

The reincorporation of the United States into the Paris Agreement for the control of polluting emissions, said the president, is another of the favorable decisions that President Biden took upon assuming his mandate.

The president reiterated that Mexico will continue to conduct itself based on the foreign policy principles established in the Constitution, and will seek friendly and cooperative relations.

“The best thing is to recognize the good in whoever is in the presidency of the United States and to recognize what is good for Mexico, for us, and not get involved. We should not (get involved), in the internal affairs of other countries. The non-intervention and self-determination of the peoples is wise,” he said.

The decrees signed by Biden, including the protection of the DACA program against the deportation of the Dreamers, and the brake on the construction of the wall with Mexico, were also well received by the Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard.

“Mexico welcomes the end of the construction of the wall, the immigration initiative in favor of DACA and a path to dual citizenship,” said Ebrard on behalf of the Government of Mexico.

“As President (Andrés Manuel) López Obrador wrote a few years ago to now-President Joe Biden, bridges open the way to cooperation and understanding,” he added.

In tune with Ebrard, Roberto Velasco, head of office for the SRE’s Undersecretariat for North America described Biden’s first decisions as “good news” for the Mexican community in the United States.

“We celebrate these advances and we will be ready to do our bit and support young dreamers via our consulates,” Velasco said on social media.

On Wednesday, Biden signed decrees to protect the DACA program against the deportation of the Dreamers, as well as halt construction of the wall with Mexico after the Trump administration completed 455 miles of new barriers.

In his first act in the Oval Office, Biden signed 17 decrees and proclamations aimed at undoing many of the measures that his predecessor, Donald Trump, took, several of them related to immigration.

“It shall be the policy of my Administration that no more American taxpayer dollars be diverted to construct a border wall,” Biden’s proclamation states. “I am also directing a careful review of all resources appropriated or redirected to construct a southern border wall,” Biden said, pledging to make the U.S. a welcoming place for immigrants.